When the video was shot in 2009, the economy was shaped by the dramatic financial crisis. In the work of Hito Steyerl, this is only one of the reasons. In the Californian desert, she lets the operator of a scrap yard for aircraft have his say, who believes that the economy is not real, because his business would boom in times of crisis.
Hito Steyerl spans the arc of considerations in her video. It links various film recordings from feature films, documentaries, advertising, information and entertainment. Fiction and reality dissolve in it, merge and at the same time create a form of media reality. The dormant pole in the aesthetics of the advertising clip is the scrap dealer. Elsewhere, however, such as in China, his goods are again being transformed into new products that drive the media cycle forward. The atmosphere of the film is not only determined by the pictures and scenes, but also essentially by the music.
Hito Steyerl (* 1966 in Muinch) is a film-maker and media theorist. In her videos she examines the question of the possibilities of the cinematic with regard to an experience of reality that breaks free from conventions and moves into a world of the approximate, in which contradicting truths exist side by side and where not accuracy but emotionality is the basis for credibility.